Hello friends! Such a long hiatus from blogging for me. A body at rest tends to stay at rest, a body in motion tends to stay in motion, and a body going through drastic changes tends to… not get much blogging accomplished. So – finally – back at it with three fantastic events: two past and one upcoming this Saturday!
So let’s start with Playing with Food, one of my favorite yearly shows from the Hartford Symphony. The brainchild of Head Conductor, Carolyn Kuan, this is the third inception of Playing with Food – this year featuring the handsome and charming Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame onstage with Carolyn to discuss the dishes of the Vivo, M & M Bistro, and the CT Convention Center!
I was fortunate enough to attend the press preview for Vivo to witness Carolyn’s creative process in action:
Somedays my job is cooler than other days (the Marriott where Vivo resides, as well as the Hartford Symphony, are both advertising clients of mine)
Carolyn Kuan uses the opportunity of tasting the dishes to begin building connections to musical notes. A french bouillabaisse might call up a light French horn, for example, or bone marrow might be reminiscent of a “big fat tuba” (direct quote)
Also, delicious bone marrow. Pictured: Chef Bill Reardon’s braised Veal Osso Bucco with chanterelles, Risotto Milanese, and Tomato Espuma.
After the tasting, Carolyn creates connections to classical pieces of music, and they are performed live at the concert, after a chat with the chefs, in order to complete the connection between the sight, smell, and taste of the food and the sound of the music!
The show will be this Saturday, March 21st, at 730 pm, at the Bushnell Mortenson Hall. You can buy tickets here.
So, that will be pretty awesome. Also noteworthy this past month: the Aids CT Oscars Night! This yearly event raises money for the Aids Foundation and is a great chance to get dolled up and experience some live red carpet action. It’s nice to watch at home in your PJs sure, but who doesn’t like a little glamor in their life?
All dolled up with some good friends
I wore an awesome, sequined criss cross dress from Venom Vintage, who can provide cutting edge period pieces for any red carpet event:
The braids? I’m not sure where the braids came from. Lazy Girl hair day I guess
Spotlight Theaters on Front Street was the gracious host of the event for the second year in a row. It works well as they have a full bar in the theater, plus all the movie seating to watch the Oscars live on a big screen! Very fun idea.
Last, but certainly not least - Big Red celebrated its 10th anniversary in existence with the Greater Hartford Arts Council
Housed at the Society Room, Big Red features wine sampling and food pairings from local vinters and chefs, making for an excellent evening of food, wine, conversation, and most importantly – raising money to support arts and culture in Hartford!
With our new Publisher, Rick Daniels, Mary Lou Stoneburner, our VP of Advertising and Michael Guinan, Ad Director for Hartford Magazine
One of the major, major highlights for the evening for me was the enormous paella brought by J Restaurant:
Wow. I could curl up and take a nap in that paella pan – it’s that big
The paella paired nicely with a Sottobosco Rosso blend, a deep Italian red with just a hint of sweetness (I personally prefer pairing paella with red wine vs white – I feel it has enough meaty characteristics to go both ways)
Also on hand for drinks – a pleasing Ginger & Thyme Prosecco cocktail from Vito’s
Executive Chef, Rob Maffucci, was also onsite serving his signature truffled chocolate pasta dish
Also noteworthy on the food scapes – Bear’s Smokehouse,
Literal bears yaaas
Nora Cupcakes, naturally
The very best!
And a wonderful, local, Granby based ice cream store – Grass Roots Creamery
I tried lemongrass, so good. They have impressive, unique flavor combos inspired by Humphry Slocombe
Overall, a very good couple of weeks for food and culture in Hartford. There’s definitely no shortage of cool things to choose from – so get out there and enjoy it!